Ascolepis capensis (Kunth) Ridl.

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Ascolepis capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harare-Mutare rd near Headlands.

Ascolepis capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harare-Mutare rd near Headlands.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Tufted hairless perennial to 80 cm with a short rhizome; culm with leaf sheaths at the base. Inflorescence a white rounded head, subtended by 1-3 leaf-like bracts; longest 3-5 (-12) cm. Squamellae 3-4 mm, obovate, white, flattened, with the flower in a central hollow (pocket). Style 2-fid. Nutlet 2-2.5 mm, dark, soft and falling enclosed within the protective squamella.
Derivation of specific name: capensis: of the Cape
Habitat: Seasonally wet grassland and marshes.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa from Mali to Ethiopia and southwards to South Africa.
Malawi distribution:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 297. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 7.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 87.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 74.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 82.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Ascolepis capensis
Flora of Mozambique: Ascolepis capensis
Flora of Zambia: Ascolepis capensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ascolepis capensis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ascolepis capensis
African Plant Database: Ascolepis capensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ascolepis capensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ascolepis capensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ascolepis capensis
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iNaturalist: Ascolepis capensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ascolepis capensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Ascolepis capensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ascolepis capensis
Plants of the World Online: Ascolepis capensis
Tropicos: Ascolepis capensis
Wikipedia: Ascolepis capensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Ascolepis capensis., retrieved 24 April 2024

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